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Washington, D.C. offices of Morgan Lewis. June 10, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

A Quick Turnaround for a Morgan Lewis Lateral

By Rebecca Cohen |

Steven Witmer, an employee benefits and executive compensation partner at Ivins, Phillips & Barker, has returned to the firm’s Los Angeles office after joining Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in a three-partner lateral move in January. Two of the partners that moved with him have chosen to remain with Morgan Lewis in Washington, D.C.

Morrison & Foerster's Washington, D.C. offices. July 23, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

MoFo's Financials Took a Dip in 2016

By Rebecca Cohen |

After ticking upward in 2015, Morrison & Foerster saw its financial performance slide last year. Gross revenue at the firm fell 3.5 percent, to $945 million, as revenue per lawyer and profits per partner also dropped to $990,000 and $1.41 million, respectively.

Joe Dunn, the former executive director (fired in 2014) of the State Bar of California. Also a former state senator.

Arbitrator Rejects Remainder of Ousted Bar Leader's Claims

By Cheryl Miller |

An arbitrator on Monday rejected all of Joe Dunn's remaining claims against the California state bar, ending a three-year legal saga that pit the one-time executive director against his former employer. The arbitrator, Edward Infante, said Dunn failed to prove his November 2014 firing was retaliation for his allegations that the Office of Chief Trial Counsel was manipulating disciplinary backlog numbers.

Uber headquarters in San Francisco

Tangled Up by Uber Appeals, Ninth Circuit Holds Unusual Hearing

By Ben Hancock |

In a sign of just what a snarl the Uber driver litigation has become, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday held the judicial equivalent of an intervention to figure out how to move forward.

Instacart Strikes Deal to End Worker Classification Suit

By Ben Hancock |

The grocery delivery service will pay $4.625 million to resolve a nationwide class action but won't change the way it designates workers.

Ian Ballon, Greenberg Traurig shareholder

EBay Cleared of Seller's Alleged Patent Infringement

By Scott Graham |

The underlying case involved users who sold wooden bee traps that allegedly violated a man's patent.

Companies Challenge Secrecy Protocols for FBI National Security Letters

By Ben Hancock |

The Ninth Circuit heard arguments Wednesday in a long-running battle over rules barring businesses from telling customers when they've received requests for information.

Neal Katyal of Hogan Lovells.

TV Networks Win Another Battle on Streaming

By Ben Hancock |

The Ninth Circuit becomes the latest court to rule that web TV company FilmOn is not a "cable system" eligible for low statutory royalties.

David Lisi

Pillsbury Poaches Greenberg Traurig Litigator in Silicon Valley

By Rebecca Cohen |

Former Howrey partner a complex commercial litigation and data security expert Daniel Lisi is leaving Greenberg Traurig for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in Palo Alto, California.

California Court of Appeals for the 2nd District

Calif. Judges Not Owed Millions in Back Pay, State Says

By Amanda Bronstad |

On Friday, lawyers for California will try to persuade the Second District Court of Appeal to reverse retroactive raises awarded to thousands of active and retired state judges.

Matthew Kemner

Ex-Carroll Burdick Leader Touts Success of Squire Patton Boggs Deal

By Rebecca Cohen |

Matthew Kemner, a former chairman of Carroll, Burdick & McDonough, discusses what the past year has held for him and his colleagues at the San Francisco-based litigation firm following their decision to join forces with Squire Patton Boggs.

Justices Mull Whether Settled Expectations Require Affirmance in Patent Exhaustion Case

By Scott Graham |

U.S. Supreme Court justices didn't tip their hands—or in most cases say much of anything, really—as the high court heard arguments Tuesday on the doctrine of patent exhaustion. But one intriguing thread did surface during the hour-long argumen: Whether affirming two longstanding decisions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit would upset settled expectations.